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The dog, man’s best friend!

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We always think of one thing only when we hear the phrase. However, we should know that the phrase was coined by Frederick II, King of Prussia in 1789, in reference to one of his Italian greyhounds and, till date, there is not a better or more apt way to describe the relationship between humans and dogs. Yes, All of us know that dogs are the best possible friend someone can have. We, as humans, are hardwired to love. This love, when reciprocated by a dog, creates an infinitely rewarding relationship.

However, the groundwork of this bond also plants a set of responsibilities on our shoulders. Adopting a dog can be just as logistically difficult and emotionally tempestuous as bringing a newborn, human child home. Hence, it is important to get a grasp on the prerequisites discussed below before making the leap.

The first concern is time. Dogs seek love and companionship. If you live alone and have a job that keeps you tied up for over ten to twelve hours a day, your lack of time and energy for your furry friend will frustrate both of you. You need to make time to walk, feed, bathe and train your dog. Daily activities such as eating, excreting and sleeping should also follow a regular pattern so that both you and your pup get accustomed to maintaining a routine.

Puppies often suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long in an unfamiliar area post-adoption, which may lead to behavioral problems as they grow up. Therefore, it is imperative that you spend sufficient time with them in their early days to make them feel welcome and comfortable in their new home.

House training should be a must on your checklist. House-training a pup often takes several weeks and requires a great deal of patience and perseverance on your part. Hence, the earlier you start the better. Even if you successfully train your puppy to poop in a designated location, it may take a while for him/her to stop peeing all over the house due to lack of bladder control.

Also, there are a couple of supplies that one should collect before going into the whole petting. This includes food, treats, food and water bowls, toys, training crate, leash, harness, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, tick and flea control powder, nail trimming and grooming kit, etc. All these specialized dog items are available in pet stores around the city but your best bet would probably be to shop from a renowned super-market to avail a good variety and avoid purchasing knock-offs.

Also, Puppy-proofing your house is of paramount importance before bringing a puppy home as the curious little tot may be likely to poke around and lick or chew substances s/he comes across. All your expensive items must be stowed away for safekeeping.

Having said all of the above, the bottom line is, dogs are the greatest companions humans can ever hope for. They are innately intelligent and loyal creatures.. All you need to do is just make sure that you can be a good human parent before adopting a dog because each and every one of them deserves a caring and loving forever home. Because, a little effort and nurturing can benefit you a whole lot from your best buddy.

Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh

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